Incoming Trump administration attempts to suppress criticism

Trump camp threatens Harry Reid with lawsuit over criticism

The President-elect has already vowed lawsuits against 13 women he allegedly groped, the New York Times, the Clinton campaign and now outgoing Senate Minority leader Harry Reid.

On Friday, Reid held Trump to account over his harsh and divisive campaign pledges, issuing this statement:

The election of Donald Trump has emboldened the forces of hate and bigotry in America. White nationalists, Vladimir Putin and ISIS are celebrating Donald Trump’s victory, while innocent, law-abiding Americans are wracked with fear… If this is going to be a time of healing, we must first put the responsibility for healing where it belongs: at the feet of Donald Trump, a sexual predator who lost the popular vote and fueled his campaign with bigotry and hate.

Today, Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway implied lawsuits could be pending against Reid and any others who deign to criticize the President-elect, saying that critics “should be very careful about characterizing somebody in the legal sense.” The incoming administration’s reflex to sue critics instead of answering criticism looks like a reasoned strategy designed to produce a chilling effect in DC and beyond. Although Reid is pushing back, he needs company before suppression of free speech becomes the new normal.

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